Proclamation: Eating Disorder Awareness Week – February 1 -7, 2018

Proclamation

Eating Disorder Awareness Week (EDAW)

February 1st – 7th, 2018

WHEREAS: Eating Disorder Awareness Week will be from February 1-7, 2018; and

WHEREAS: The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is Canada’s only national organization dedicated to helping those with eating disorder, food and weight preoccupation and related issues. NEDIC provides information, education, resources and referrals to individuals with eating disorders, their families, friends and health care professionals: and

WHEREAS: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric illnesses and can develop in anyone, regardless of age, ethno-racial background, socioeconomic status, gender or ability; and

WHEREAS: Stigma, secrecy and stereotypes still surround eating disorders, causing many people who are suffering to refrain from seeking help; and

WHEREAS: Open supportive dialogue can help break the shame and silence that affect nearly 1 million Canadians living with diagnosable eating disorders and the millions of others who are struggling with food and weight preoccupation; and

WHEREAS: Eating Disorder Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders, shed light on dangerous and pervasive myths, and promote prevention. It is also a time of year for Canadians to learn about available resources and appropriate services for themselves or loved ones; and

WHEREAS: Eating Disorder Awareness Week aims to teach Canadians that eating disorders are not a choice, and that eating disorders are a serious and dangerous mental illness.

Now therefore be it resolved that The Township of St. Joseph hereby proclaims the week of February 1 – 7 as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week to raise awareness and hope among the many who are impacted by this illness.